World Cocoa Foundation, the poverty-fighting organisation, Care, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Kraft Foods are hosting the event.
Panelists will share their perspectives on why and how cocoa can become an attractive business for the next generation of cocoa farmers. They will discuss how governments, the cocoa and chocolate industry and farmers themselves can play a role to improve farmer incomes and support thriving village communities.
Mary Ellen Johnston, regional director for Concern Worldwide US, will moderate the panel. Concern is a non-governmental, international humanitarian organisation that has an on-the-ground presence in 25 of the world’s poorest countries.
Through grassroots programmes in Africa, the World Cocoa Foundation and its members create meaningful partnerships that drive positive change and empower the next generation of cocoa farmers.
WCF’s Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions (Echoes) Alliance aims to strengthen cocoa-growing communities by expanding opportunities for youth and young adults through education. WCF’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP) works at increasing farmer incomes through agricultural and business training.
Source: Kraft Foods
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